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January 3, 2018, 3:40 PM

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The Register:
Security issues arising from design flaw in Intel CPUs will need OS fix that will likely slow down Windows and Linux machines  —  Other OSes will need an update, performance hits loom  —  A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux …
Ina Fried / Axios:
Intel says flaw in its CPU chips isn't limited to just its own products, the exploits cannot corrupt or modify data, issue was meant to be disclosed next week  —  A soon-to-be-disclosed and massive chip flaw affects more than just Intel chips, according to both sources familiar with the issue and Intel itself.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Intel's memory access design flaw already partially addressed by Apple in macOS 10.13.2  —  A serious design flaw and security vulnerability discovered in Intel CPUs has reportedly already been partially addressed by Apple in the recent macOS 10.13.2 update, which was released to the public on December 6.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Spotify confidentially filed IPO documents with the SEC at the end of December; indications are the company wants to list in Q1  —  Music streaming giant Spotify confidentially filed IPO documents with the SEC at the end of December, Axios has learned from multiple sources.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify faces new copyright lawsuit from Wixen Music that suggests up to 21% of Spotify songs are unlicensed; plaintiff seeks $1.6B+ in damages  —  Wixen Music Publishing files a new lawsuit that also covers music from Rage Against the Machine, The Doors, Steely Dan and many others.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft acquires Pittsburgh-based Avere Systems, a file storage vendor for Windows and Linux, will integrate its technology with Azure cloud  —  Microsoft plans to integrate Avere's file system and caching technologies for Windows and Linux clients with its Azure cloud.
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Didi Chuxing confirms it has acquired Brazilian ride-hailing company 99 for ~$600M as it expands into Latin America  —  The ride-hail company is buying Brazilian app 99.  —  Didi is bolstering its international presence in a major ride-hail market: Brazil.
Bloomberg:
Sources discuss SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son's often hard-edged dealmaking style as he runs Vision Fund, making some of the largest-ever tech startup investments  —  The Japanese billionaire has changed the startup game with his aggressive investing and enormous checkbook.  Does he know what he's doing?
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed:
Logan Paul debacle highlights YouTube's content moderation problem, as experts say Paul's video isn't something AI moderation could catch on its own  —  Logan Paul attends The Thinning Meet & Greet during the 2016 New York Comic Con.  —  YouTube has a content crisis — again.
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
US blocks sale of money transfer service MoneyGram to Alibaba's Ant Financial; Ant Financial will pay a $30M termination fee for the deal breakup  —  - The U.S. government failed to approve a multimillion-dollar merger between MoneyGram and Ant Financial, an affiliate of Alibaba.

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